- Provide students with opportunities to learn outside the classroom, in all curriculum areas
- Promote appreciation of our heritages – local, national and global
- Increase students’ awareness and understanding of the traditions and values of their own, the tangata whenua and other cultural groups
- Increase students’ understanding of different perspectives on land, natural resources and the environment, and of the need for conservation management
- Provide students with opportunities for enjoyment, adventure and challenge, both close to home and far away
- Provide students with opportunities to enhance spiritual, physical and mental well-being through uplifting experiences in a natural environment
- Develop students’ skills so they can move with confidence and safety in urban, rural, and wilderness settings
- Help students develop respect for themselves and others, by providing them with opportunities for personal and social development
- Enable students to take increased responsibility for their own development and to regard learning as enjoyable, continuous, and lifelong
- Provide students with opportunities to develop in many diverse ways.
In the course of their EOTC experiences, students will gain new knowledge and under-standings, skills and abilities, and attitudes, as well as building on those they already have.
KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDINGS
- Knowledge of the world
- Knowledge of culture and traditions
- Aesthetic awareness
- Awareness and understanding of issues for tangata whenua and other cultural groups
- Awareness of environmental issues
- Knowledge of how outdoor activities can benefit personal fitness, health and spiritual well-being
- Knowledge and understanding of safe practices in the outdoors
- Awareness of recreational opportunities
- Awareness that all aspects of learning are interrelated
- Specific new knowledge, for example, knowing the names of some animals after a zoo visit, or how to respond after being welcomed onto a marae.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Make decisions
- Solve problems
- Take responsibility for self and others
- Evaluate their own learning
- Apply learning to new situations
- Develop independence and interdependence
- Work as team members
- Maintain good relationships with family, peers and others, as well as many more specific skills related to their particular EOTC experiences.
- Enjoying the challenge and excitement of new experiences
- Having self-esteem and the confidence that goes with it
- Having the motivation to learn
- Being sensitive to, and positive about, issues for tangata whenua and other cultural groups
- Being sensitive to, and positive about, environmental issues
- Sensitivity to, and respect for, the strengths and weaknesses of self and others
- Readiness for major steps – starting school, moving to a new school, starting tertiary education and starting work.